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Rohit, Chahal and Dinesh Karthik Have a Field Day on Golf Course

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: February 21, 2018, 10:45 AM IST
Rohit, Chahal and Dinesh Karthik Have a Field Day on Golf Course

(Rohit Sharma/ Instagram)

New Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have often spoken about the need to switch off when the players walk off the field so that they can come back focussed and that is exactly what Rohit Sharma and Yuzvendra Chahal did on Tuesday as the Indian team decided to call off the optional training session ahead of the second T20I between India and South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday.

Substituting the cricket bat with the golf club, the boys enjoyed themselves on the golf course. Accompanying Rohit and Chahal were batting coach Sanjay Bangar and wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik.

Taking to Instagram, Rohit posted a photo which read: “Great day on the different field ⛳️ 🏌️♂️ @yuzi_chahal23 @dk00019 @imsanjaybangar #DJ”

A ruthless India has only complacency to guard against while a deflated South Africa would be fighting another battle of survival when the two sides clash in the series-deciding second Twenty20 International on Wednesday.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar's career best figures of 5/24 helped India continue their domination over South Africa as the visitors registered a 28-run win in the first T20I in Sunday.

With AB de Villiers missing, South Africa lacked the batting fire power to threaten India who set a stiff target of 204, thanks to Shikhar Dhawan's 72. Reeza Hendricks and JJ Smuts began the chase, with Bhuvneshwar striking early to send back Smuts.

Stand-in skipper JP Duminy and experienced T20 star David Miller didn't last long either with Bhuvneshwar and Pandya getting the better off both the players. Farhaan Behardien and Reeza Hendricks then stuck together to stitch an 81-run partnership but at no stage did it seem India were in trouble as big overs eluded South Africa.

With the pressure mounting, Chahal got the better off Behardien, who holed out at long on. Then, Bhuvneshwar returned to pick up three wickets in an over and also a run out which resulted in a team hat-trick for India as South Africa were reduced to 175/9 in their chase.
First Published: February 21, 2018, 10:44 AM IST

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